EDI2 Saratoga was developed by SEDC as a key component of the advanced electronics industry ecosystem, building on the existing GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced semiconductor manufacturing component and the R&D success at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, with support from the Center for Economic Growth (CEG). In addition to CEG, other founding partners include the US Small Business Administration, Clarkson University, National Grid, Siemens, New York State Electric & Gas, SUNY Adirondack and locally based ReWire Energy.
One of the challenges to innovation in electronic design for startups is access to electronic design automation (EDA) tools. With EDI2 Saratoga, leading edge EDA tools from Cadence will be made available to entrepreneurs on a short-term basis. Through this unique and exclusive partnership, EDI2 members will be able to advance innovation and commercialization opportunities in a supported accelerator environment.
This program offers EDA tools, as well as discounted intellectual property legal support, access to US Small Business Administration resources, specialized business support services, and access to design consultants (requires additional fees).
In tandem with this accelerator, EDI2 partners Clarkson University and SUNY Adirondack are in the process of developing new academic support programs to bolster the talent pipeline in the region, ensuring chip design startups have access to the right talent to succeed long-term.